About Me

Now semi-retired, I live full-time at my studio in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin and create paintings of the fabulous wonders of nature, wildlife and people.  While I admire plein-air painters, I prefer working indoors on several paintings at a time, using my photos to create compositions. Most of my works include frames designed and handcrafted by me, creating a total package.

How did I get here?

Simply, in the late ‘50s-early ‘60s, I chose a Fine Arts painting major at the Art Institute of Chicago. Shortly thereafter, I opened Nielsen Gallery and Frame Shop in Minneapolis’ Edina-Morningside area.

Then in the mid-70s, I opened Master Framers when I purchased a vacant six-story warehouse in St. Paul’s Lowertown.  In my 40-plus years in Lowertown, my staff and I developed 262 Studios—living and working lofts for artists—and created a national reputation for Master Framers—serving artists, museums, dealers and collectors.

Along the way, I was actively involved in the development of Lowertown’s blossoming arts district and on the national scene with Professional Picture Framers Association.

For more of my story, see biography and media coverage.

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Roger H. Nielsen, 651-552-9980, rogerhnielsen@hotmail.com  © 2018